What does public health encompass and what job opportunities are available?
Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society. It draws on a wide range of different disciplines, from epidemiology and statistics, to sociology, policy and health economics. Our MPH programmes combine a history of excellence in public health research and training, with innovative new approaches to tackling public health issues in our globalised, 21st century world.
The programme will equip you with extensive public health knowledge and skills, which will enhance your employment prospects in the evolving public health arena. Public health touches on almost every aspect of modern life, and graduates may find they have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings. Our programme opens up the opportunity to work in a variety of different settings. A career after completing the MPH degree may involve the following:
- Public/Government sector: Jobs include health department management and administration, epidemiology, public/health policy, public practitioner/nursing or disaster preparedness.
- Non-profit: Jobs in this setting often focus on a particular population, such as reproductive/maternal health, migrants/refugees, minorities or address specific health disparities. There are also many public health related opportunities in the international development sector.
- Academic: The MPH can also offer a good basis for further study in the form of a PhD or Professional Doctorate. Public health professionals working in academia typically focus on research and teaching.
- Private: Within the private sector, jobs may be available at pharmaceutical manufacturers, private health care facilities, and insurance companies. Another option for private employment is consulting work performed on a contract basis.